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the inca lake

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A: Portillo Hotel

by Patricio Armijo, 140 meters away

Portillo Hotel

B: Above Camp Confluencia in Horcones Valley

by G.W.G M., 17.8 km away

This image is taken in Dec 2013.The location (appr. 3600m) is right above Camp Confluencia (not visib...

Above Camp Confluencia in Horcones Valley

C: Refugio plaza de mulas2

by G.W.G M., 21.1 km away

This image is taken close to CLOSED hotel Refugio Placa de Mulas in mid-Dec 2013You can see BaseCamp ...

Refugio plaza de mulas2

D: Refugio placa de mulas

by G.W.G M., 21.1 km away

This image is taken close to CLOSED hotel Refugio Placa de Mulas in mid-Dec 2013You can see BaseCamp ...

Refugio placa de mulas

E: Mirador close to Plaza Francia - Aconcagua

by G.W.G M., 21.7 km away

This image is taken close to the MIRADOR 1 hr away from Plaza Francia.Close to the camera you can see...

Mirador close to Plaza Francia - Aconcagua

F: Plaza de Mulas Mt.Aconcagua

by G.W.G M., 21.9 km away

This image was taken in Dez. 2013 in Plaza de Mulas, 4300m altitude.It shows the Base Camp on the nor...

Plaza de Mulas Mt.Aconcagua

G: Horcones superior glacier -i2-

by G.W.G M., 22.0 km away

This image shows Horcones superior Glacier to the North & northwest and Mt.Aconcagua to the west ...

Horcones superior glacier -i2-

H: Horcones superior glacier

by G.W.G M., 22.4 km away

This image shows Horcones superior glacier in  mid-December 2013. On the opposite side Mt.Aconcagua (...

Horcones superior glacier

I: CampCanada, Aconcagua

by G.W.G M., 22.6 km away

This pano is taken on Dec, 20 2013 in CampCanada (higcamp 1) (altitude 4900m) on the normal Route up ...

CampCanada, Aconcagua

J: Camp Nido de Condores

by G.W.G M., 23.7 km away

This image was taken on Dec, 24 2013 in Camp Nido de Condores (altitude 5380m), high camp 2, on the n...

Camp Nido de Condores

This panorama was taken in South America

This is an overview of South America

South America makes up the southern half of the Americas and a large part of Latin America. It's home to the world's longest mountain range, biggest waterfall and largest river -- even these mammoths pale in comparison to the stunning variety of life forms thriving in the rainforest.

To the northwest, off the coast of Ecuador, lie the Galapagos Islands, which are unique for hosting species not found anywhere else on earth. These were the subject of study for Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution, which he himself said will require proof in every single case.

The main languages in South America are Spanish and Portugese, which basically tells you which European countries colonized the place. The South American wars of independence took place over two decades in the early 19th century, led by Simon Bolivar of Venezuela and Jose san Martin of Argentina.

Following liberation from Portugal and Spain, South America took off into its own development, capitalizing on the rich deposits of oil, gold, copper, silver and tango musicians.

Brazil is the largest country in South America and home to one of the world's best parties, Carnaval. Have you heard of samba music? How about bossa nova? Maybe dancing for three days straight?

I can't say enough good things about South America. All the world's continents have amazing secrets and treasures laying in wait for your discovery, but in South America... just have a look at our pictures while you're waiting for online confirmation of your plane tickets to hit your inbox.

Text by Steve Smith.

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